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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Shain originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Seain, which translates as son of John.

Shain Early Origins



The surname Shain was first found in County Kerry (Irish:Ciarraí) part of the former County Desmond (14th-17th centuries), located in Southwestern Ireland, in Munster province, where they were granted lands by Strongbow when he invaded Ireland in 1172.

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Shain Spelling Variations


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Shain Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Shain are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include McShane, McShain, McShaen, MacShane, MacShain, MacShaen, MacCheyne, McCheyne, McSheyne, MacSheyne, McCheine, McChain, MacCheine, MacChain, McChein, McShaney, McShanie and many more.

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Shain Early History


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Shain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shain research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1750 is included under the topic Early Shain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Shain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Shain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Shain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Shain or a variant listed above, including:

Shain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Shain, who landed in America in 1790-1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Shain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edw. Shain, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Wm. Shain, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1895

Shain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur John Shain, aged 18, who settled in America from Brunstead, England, in 1910
  • William Shain, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1911
  • Margaret Shain, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1913
  • John Shain, aged 43, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • Worley Shain, aged 37, who settled in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Shain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Shain (post 1700)



  • Randy Shain, American business author
  • Jonathan Bruce "Jon" Shain (b. 1967), American folk musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter and recording artist
  • Irving Shain (1926-1977), American academic, Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1977 to 1986)
  • Eva Shain (1918-1999), American boxing judge, one of the first female judges in New York
  • Yossi Shain (b. 1956), Israeli academic
  • Merle Shain (1935-1989), Canadian author and journalist, associate editor of Chatelaine
  • Charles Alexander Shain (1922-1960), Australian astronomer, pioneer in the field of radio astronomy

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Shain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Shain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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